Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

— Carlos Correa is going to sign a 6-year, $200M contract with Minnesota, pending a physical, but since he played for the Twins last year (136 games), doubtful that he will flunk this physical.

Correa his .291 with 22 homers for the Twins last season; he is 28.

Other baseball stuff:
P Johnny Cueto signed a one-year, $8.5M deal with the Marlins.
1B Brandon Belt signed one-year, $9.3M deal with Toronto.
OF Corey Dickerson signed a ne-year, $2.25M deal with Washington.

— Red Sox IF Trevor Story had elbow surgery this week, is expected to miss most of 2023; not sure why the surgery was done in January instead of October, but it was. Story hit .238 with 16 homers last year, his first year away from Colorado.

— Detroit Lions led Green Bay 20-16 with 2:10 left Sunday night; they actually used a hook-and-ladder trick play to try and get a first down to run out the clock. You NEVER see play calling like that in the NFL; they got the first down on the following play, and eliminated division rival Green Bay. 

Dan Campbell has been a unique head coach in his two years with Detroit; he isn’t afraid to try bold stuff, and his players bust their butts for him. In the first 5:00 of a game against the Rams last year, Lions tried an onside kick and a fake punt. In the first 5:00 of the game. 

For the record, if you bet on the Lions every game the last two years, you would be 23-10-1.

Miami Heat 112, Oklahoma City 111
In a one-point game, Heat was 40-40 on the foul line.
Jimmy Butler was 23-23 on the line; the entire Thunder team was 14-21.
Miami scored the last six points of the game.

South Carolina 71, Kentucky 68— Gamecocks were ranked #214 coming in; they were a 20-point underdog in this game. Kentucky is 3-5 against top 100 teams, 3-3 in last six games overall. The natives are restless in Lexington.

Florida 67, LSU 56
All ten starters in this game are transfers.
Teams combined to shoot 10-53 on the arc.

Virginia 65, North Carolina 58
Tar Heels have lost eight in a row in Charlottesville.
UNC big guy Bacot got hurt 2:00 into the game.
Carolina led by 7 early in second half.

Kansas 79, Oklahoma 75
Sooners led by 10 with 5:19 left in game
Kansas was 31-39 on foul line; ton of foul shots for a college game. 
Kansas is 15-1, 4-0 in Big X, with wins by 2-3-14-4 points.

Seton Hall 66, Georgetown 51— Hoyas lost their last 27 Big East games.

DePaul 75, Villanova 65— Villanova is 8-9; anyone have Jay Wright’s phone number?

— Grand Canyon PG Jovan Blacksher tore his ACL, is out for the year; the Antelopes are 11-5 this season, 2-1 in the WAC.

— Bill Belichick’s record without Tom Brady: 79-88
Tom Brady’s record without Bill Belichick: 37-19

— As far as NFL totals go, under hit 55% this season, the most under’s have hit since 1991.

— This week is a tough one for NFL coaches on non-playoff teams. Lot of guys get fired.
Washington Commanders fired OC Scott Turner.
Tennessee Titans fired four assistants, including OC Todd Downing.

— There are currently five head coaching openings in the NFL:
Arizona
Carolina
Denver
Houston
Indianapolis

— NFL Draft is April 27-29, in Kansas City. NFL has done a good job the last few years in moving the draft all over the country. Smart.

— Get well soon to White Sox’ relief pitcher Liam Hendriks, who revealed this week that he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We wish him well with his treatment/recovery. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.